Don’t Sweat It: Your New Biometric Security Standard?


Will human sweat be the next biometrics hit? We are not joking, scientists are serious about this matter. Let see, today you use fingerprints to unlock the phone, and that can be hacked easily. Face scans can also be faked somehow. But sweat, your own exudation, well they think it is one of a kind and thus could be a secure way to authorize users.

How so?

A group of researchers believes that perspiration can have a form of biometric identification which could be applied to access management of smartphones and other devices.

How they pointed out in the study – every single one of us possesses a sweat profile. Your phone can grasp the type of your personal perspiration and unlock it.

We are still not kidding. And these researchers seem serious about this. The paper that collects these security options – Promises and Challenges in Continuous Tracking Utilizing Amino Acids in Skin Secretions for Active Multi-Factor Biometric Authentication for Cybersecurity, was co-authored by Assistant Professor Jan Halámek at the University at Albany.

Nov 2, 2017 - Representation of a cellphone camera recognizing amino acid levels. Photo by Carlo de Jesus

Halámek told Mashable that he sees the sweat identification “applicable in real-world applications involving simply the unlocking [of] a person’s smart device as well as a way to protect information stored within apps.”

Not only that

Even if you can’t imagine the way how will phone detect your smell moisture, this technology could be a quick fix for plenty more. Halamek explained to Mashable even people with specific disabilities could benefit from it because “they would not have to remember passwords or put their hand/fingers in a particular position to open the device.” This is where things get complicated.

How will this sweat identification work in business?

How researchers also explained: The “amino acids found in sweat can be exploited for the establishment of an amino acid profile capable of identifying an individual user of a mobile or wearable device.”

Maybe it’s not so easy to grasp for us, but this amino acid will protect your phone from scammers more than anything else because it will be based on your biological system and genetic signature. So, we are talking about potential future, and these researchers are certain that this tech will come to us within 5-10 years time.

Mashable: How your body stank could be the future of smartphone security

Photo credit: Carlo de Jesus (University at Albany)
Source: Juliana Agudelo, Vladimir Privman, Jan Halámek (Wiley) / Jack Morse (Mashable)

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Natasha Saru
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